Catholic Church in Crisis

News coverage and Beliefnet articles on the clergy sexual abuse scandals rocking America's Catholic Church.

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Which Dioceses Are Affected?

Bishops' Worst Mistakes
Plus: Avoid "Simplistic" Judgments: The bishops' conference responds

Bishop-by-Bishop Overview
(Dallas Morning News, June 2002)
Specific abuse cases and alleged coverups across the country.

Catholic Crisis Spreads Abroad

Your Diocese's Statement/Policies:

  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Belleville, IL
  • Boston (January 9, 2002)
  • Boston (Dec. 2002)
  • Brooklyn
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Denver
  • Detroit (PDF)
  • Indianapolis
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Milwaukee (Rembert Weakland statement)
  • Milwaukee (Project Benjamin)
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Oakland
  • Oklahoma City
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix (PDF)
  • Pittsburgh
  • Rockville Centre, NY
  • San Diego
  • Seattle
  • Spokane
  • St. Louis
  • Washington
  • Find Your Diocese's Web Page

    Not Just Priests
    Clergy sexual abuse of minors and adults is a problem in all faiths. By Anne Simpkinson

    Clergy Sexual Misconduct Resources
    Links for individuals and communities dealing with sexual misconduct and prevention.

    The Cost to the Church

    Sept. 2003: $85M Deal in Boston Church Abuse Suits
  • Diocese to Mortgage Properties to Pay Settlements

    Feb. 2003: Scandal Costs Account for Over Half of L.A. Archdiocese’s $13.4 Million Deficit

    Nov. 2001: How Much Is This Costing the Church?
    A pre-scandal estimate said U.S. dioceses may already have spent as much as $1 billion in payouts to victims.

    No Deep Pockets
    If Catholics are successful in their crusade to punish the church through its pocketbook, who will they really hurt? By Fr. Andrew Greeley

    Spring 2002: Chicago Cardinal Suggests Selling Church's Mansion for Funds

    Fall 2002: Despite Scandal, NY Diocese Fundraiser May Set Record

    Spring 2002: Scandals Won't Bankrupt the Church
    Even with the prospect of fresh lawsuits that could double the billion-dollar tally of settlements already reached, the bankruptcy of even a single diocese is unlikely, church financial analysts say.

    How Have Innocent Priests Been Affected?

    Fall 2002: Due Process for Priests
    By Fr. Andrew Greeley
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